The 81st NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Bracket is now official.
Three number 1 seeds were awarded to ACC teams (Virginia, Duke, North Carolina) which ties a record for one conference. In 2009, the Big East earned three number 1s: Connecticut, Pittsburgh, Louisville. Four Big East teams reached the Elite Eight that year.
This season marks North Carolina’s 50th NCAA Tournament berth. They trail only Kentucky (59) for the most appearances.
Two teams make their tournament debuts this season: the Gardner-Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs and the Abilene Christian Wildcats. Gardner-Webb (23-11) of Boiling Springs, NC won the Big South Conference Tournament. Abilene Christian (27-6) of Abilene, TX won the Southland Conference Tournament.
The first round game I am most looking forward to is Murray State versus Marquette. The matchup features the nation’s #3 scorer, Markus Howard (Marquette), and the #9 scorer, Ja Morant (Murray State).